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How to cut militias off from gold and mineral mines in Congo
How to cut militias off from gold and mineral mines in Congo

Few parts of the world have been more ravaged by war and violence over the last two decades than the Democratic Republic of Congo. That's been made possible, in part, by the mines in the eastern part of the country that offer up tin, tungsten and tantalum — the 3Ts, as they're known — and gold. Over the years, many of the mines have been commandeered or controlled by armed militias and the profits used to fund the continued violence. But recently, human rights groups have successfully pressured makers of consumer electronics and electronic parts, which rely on the 3Ts, to track the source of their minerals and refuse to buy from suppliers who buy from mines that help...

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